Policy Paradox

by Deborah Stone (1997; 3rd edition 2011)

6/10

I was hoping for prescription but wound up instead with a whole lot of description. This would be good as a textbook, but only for an introductory policy course.

I did enjoy the various comparisons between the Rationality/Market model and then her Polis model, which I read mostly as Ms. Stone gently reminding free market economists that reality works somewhat differently than their Invisible Hand fantasy.

In that sense the book is solid: it mildly chides political and economic theorists for working with a model that is largely divorced from reality. It just doesn’t go far enough in advising solutions to these discrepancies.

 

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